A curriculum belonging to the people of Wales

As the development of Wales’ new national curriculum gathers pace, Professor Mererid Hopwood calls on all key stakeholders to remain open minded and ambitious for the opportunities it presents…   As the new term races ahead, the Pioneers’ perseverance must be admired. The fast-approaching submission deadlines demand a shorter night’s sleep to make room for…

Melting snowflakes for a new era in education

Preparing the next generation of classroom teachers is hugely important, but, argues Elaine Sharpling, over-protecting students and neglecting proper challenge can hamper their development. In this insightful blog, she offers an alternative to what has been dubbed the ‘snowflake generation’ and calls for a more pragmatic approach to teacher education…   As a teacher educator…

Black History Month in Wales

Black History Month was another roaring success this year, with celebratory events taking place across the country. But what is it all about? Dr Paul Hutchings and Katie Sullivan explain…   Black History Month (BHM for short) has been celebrated every October since 1987 in the United Kingdom, but many people are either unaware even…

UWTSD welcomes students from the Sámi University of Applied Sciences

International education experts were given an insight into Wales’ education system during a recent visit to Yr Athrofa: Institute of Education. A delegation from Norway, including a member of the Sami Parliament’s Education Department and a group of students and lecturers from the Sámi University of Applied Sciences, were welcomed to UWTSD’s Carmarthen Campus by…

New dawn as Yr Athrofa moves into SA1

Yr Athrofa: The Institute of Education is looking forward to an exciting new chapter in its long and illustrious history after moving into state-of-the-art facilities in the heart of Swansea’s waterfront. The eye-catching development includes purpose-built facilities for learning, teaching and research as well as social, leisure and recreation space. Yr Athrofa is relocating from…

Yr Athrofa: Professional Learning Partnership receives ITE accreditation

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) and its partner schools have been successful in their application to deliver innovative new programmes of initial teacher education (ITE) from September 2019. Programmes put forward by the Athrofa: Professional Learning Partnership (APLP), a collaboration involving UWTSD’s Yr Athrofa: Institute of Education and a network of more…

Welsh twist to international thinking conference

A Welsh academic has presented two papers at a major international conference in the United States. Dr Helen Lewis, a senior lecturer at Yr Athrofa: Institute of Education, spoke at the 18th International Conference on Thinking (ICOT) in Miami, Florida. The conference brought together leading researchers and practitioners from across the world. The event sought…